So I’ve finished reading Paradise Kiss by Yazawa Ai and thought that it’s a ridiculously good manga. Usually, when it comes to romance genres, you would find all the typical cliches and stereotypes present in just about every story. Although ParaKiss has its fair share of the cliches and stereotypes, it’s got more than that. It’s fairly realistic and the events were paced quite well.
I may be one of the few people who expected that George wouldn’t end up with Yukari at all. The signs were all over, flashing like a car’s headlights, and so I knew that the two would eventually part ways. And ParaKiss is a josei manga, not shoujo – if it was shoujo, George and Yukari would be a couple till the end (just a hunch, don’t mind me). To me, they weren’t really in love with each other but that didn’t mean that what they felt for each other was any less. Their relationship is kind of complicated, after all, but definitely not love.
All of the characters were well-developed and they weren’t there just for the sake of plot improvement. Actually, they might as well have been based on real people because, really, you’d find people like them in real life. Yes, even bastards like George (in my opinion, he’s not even that much of a bastard, there exist people who are far worse than him) and mothers like George’s.
I have to go back to studying so I’ll make it short and end it. The ending for me was a very good way of finishing the story. No questionable points about it. And yes, I pretty much knew chapters ahead that Yukari would marry Hiro. So okay, why is she marrying Hiro when she still loved George and him marrying Yukari when he still loved Miwako? I honestly think that by that time, they already love each other – Yukari and Hiro. Just how many years do you think had passed after George left?
One thing that I kind of wanted to see in the ending is a glimpse of Miwako, Arashi, Isabella, George and the other characters just one last time. We saw how Yukari and Hiro and Yukari’s brother had grown up. And I want to see the kid of Miwako and Arashi… Would probably be too cute!
P.S. Why is there no Yukari/Isabella pairing? I just want to read about it in a fanfiction, for even once in my life. Please?